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Ranger Reflections – Andre De Jager

Ranger Reflections – Andre De Jager

Camp Jabulani Ranger, Andre De Jager, shares ten of his favourite wildlife photos from the past few weeks, and explains his passion for capturing these great moments.

Each day in the bush, brings with it a new adventure; whether it’s waking up before the sun rises for an early morning game drive, or lazing in bed listening to the distant roars of lions at the river; every day has its highlights.

It is important to take full advantage of these amazing opportunities and for us as rangers, we are fortunate to witness and photograph the many wonders of the bush.

We all have our own reasons for taking photos. Personally, I enjoy being able to share my photos with people who share my love of the bush.  Each photo tells its own story, drawing people in, and making them feel they are part of that story.

If my photos can make someone smile, then I feel I’ve accomplished what I set out to do.

I hope you enjoy these photo’s as much as I do. You are welcome to leave a comment, if you like what you see.

Hope to see you on safari at Camp Jabulani soon, (or again!).

Elephant trunk holds human hand

Shortly after the tragic passing of Shawu, Jabulani seemingly sought the comfort of his handler Blessmore by holding Blessmore’s hand with his trunk.


A flap-necked chameleon crossing the road makes for a great photo opportunity.  This individual is displaying his warning colours to ward off unappreciated spectators.


Camp Jabulani Elephants at the water hole

One of many magical moments caught at sunset as the Camp Jabulani elephants head on back to the stables.

While we were fishing at one of the reserve’s larger waterholes, we observed alarm signals from passing bushbuck. A short while later, this beautiful leopardess strolled out while a giraffe watched cautiously from a distance.  Definitely the photo of the day!

Elephant sneezeHave you ever seen an elephant sneeze? Jabulani obviously lacks coordination as he used his food-filled trunk to rub his eye when a sneeze surprised him.

Guernsey mom and cubs

The Guernsey females and cubs have been busy this past week. They were seen on two separate occasions enjoying a fresh kill.

Lion family meal

After the unfortunate loss of two of the first litter, the remaining five cubs are growing up to be quite the trouble-makers, constantly challenging their mothers at meal times.


Lion family


Blue Wildebeest

This blue wildebeest seemed to be lost in thought while struggling to find some shade during the harsh dry winter months.



Strike a pose! If you’ve visited the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, you will know you are guaranteed to have some of the best photographic opportunities. This beautiful female cheetah clearly loved the camera.

Thanks for taking the time to look at my photo’s,






  • Stacy White
    Posted at 14:23h, 20 July Reply

    These are beautiful!! We so enjoyed our time there… looking forward to coming back someday!

    • Camp Jabulani
      Posted at 17:59h, 20 July Reply

      Hi Stacy,

      So glad you enjoyed Andre’s photo’s as well as your recent stay with us. You took some incredible photo’s, yourself! We truly hope to welcome you back one day in the future too. Thank you very much, have a great weekend. From the Camp Jabulani Team.

  • Lisa Kinsey
    Posted at 16:33h, 20 July Reply

    Our trip to Camp Jabulani was the best time we have ever had on a vacation. With Andre as our ranger we saw amazing wildlife including the Big 5. His love for the bush was contagious. It was one year ago exactly that we were there and we still talk about the wonderful people we met at Camp Jabulani. The staff is incredible! Andre, we very much appreciate your postings on FB and Instagram. They do make us smile as we think back with such fond memories. Your photos are the next best thing to be in the bush with you. Thank you for sharing your Top 10 photos. Jabulani holding his handlers hand touched our hearts. We look forward to returning to Camp Jabulani! Fondly, The Kinseys

    • Camp Jabulani
      Posted at 18:04h, 20 July Reply

      Hello Lisa,

      That is such a wonderful comment, knowing you had your best vacation ever with us, makes us really happy. So glad you still follow Andre on social media, he is extremely passionate about what he does, and it shows in all that he does.

      That Jabulani pic is very emotional for us too, it’s been a hard time with losing Shawu. But we are moving on.

      We look forward to welcoming you back, one day too. Thanks so much for taking the time to write this comment.
      Take care, from the whole Camp Jabulani Team.

  • Desiree Laverne
    Posted at 08:00h, 26 July Reply

    I thoroughly enjoy reading your ‘Ranger Reflections’ blog.. Thank you so much for sharing with us.. Your photography is also excellent (makes me.a little jealous).. Have you ever considered publishing your photography to help raise funds??. I know that I for one, would love to own a book.. Also a great gift idea..

    • Camp Jabulani
      Posted at 09:01h, 27 July Reply

      Hi Desiree, thank you so much for taking the time to read the blog, and taking the time to comment. We are actually in the process of discussing this as an option, for online imagery that can be purchased, for both Camp Jabulani and HESC. We have not done a book in a long time, and it may be time to do it again, but to incorporate the wildlife too, great idea! Thank you.

  • Sarah Cummings
    Posted at 14:36h, 06 August Reply

    I love reading your Ranger Reflections. The photos are always so incredible. I agree with Desiree. What a great idea!

    • Camp Jabulani
      Posted at 15:06h, 06 August Reply

      Hi Sarah,

      Thank you very much for your compliment! So happy to hear that you enjoy them.
      And thanks for reiterating Desiree’s suggestion..

      Have a great week further,
      The Jabulani Team.

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